Ewan McGregor Explains His Cameo As 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' In STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Ewan McGregor Explains His Cameo As 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' In STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

In the following video, the Star Wars actor performs his line from The Force Awakens and reveals where in the movie we heard it, while also shedding light on how Alec Guinness was incorporated.



In the video above, Ewan McGregor talks in detail about reprising the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and while he doesn't weigh in on the possibility of reprising the role in live-action, it appears as if the actor was very happy to be asked back by J.J. Abrams. "I’d been waiting for the call to come for two years," he says. "I thought maybe they’ve lost my agent’s phone number. Then I got a call from JJ just shortly before the film was released. He asked me to come in and said, ‘I’d love you to be a part of it.'" For details on what his role consisted of and how Alec Gunness factored into things, be sure to watch the video above. Which other cameos did you notice? 

Starring original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and franchise newcomers, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o and Max von Sydow, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now playing worldwide. The latest box office update can be found HERE.
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Jollem - 1/30/2016, 8:15 AM
i have a man crush on ewan
Jollem - 1/30/2016, 8:18 AM
scottish > irish > british
REPOMAN - 1/30/2016, 8:34 AM
@Jollem -

Scots are Brits who want to be Irish but couldn't be arsed or brave enough to have a proper rebellion.



HubbleFunk - 1/30/2016, 8:38 AM
@Repoman - You're thinking of the Welsh.
Jollem - 1/30/2016, 8:47 AM
@REPOMAN - lol. all i know is that ewan mcgregor and shirley manson are sexy
REPOMAN - 1/30/2016, 9:03 AM

@HubbleFunk -

The Welsh are works of fiction to make it look like the UK is more 'united' than it actually is.



Bobby2889 - 1/30/2016, 12:04 PM
@Jollem - just to confirm you are aware both Irish and Scottish are British?
Jollem - 1/30/2016, 3:42 PM
@Bobby2889 - yes, i'm aware of the official labels and classifications and whatnot. different types of people and culture and all that, tho
monkeyballs - 1/30/2016, 4:37 PM
@Jollem - @REPOMAN nailed it. LMAO
dontbringmedown - 2/1/2016, 2:35 AM
@REPOMAN, [frick] off. Helps that Ireland didn't have a contiguous land mass to share with the maniacal English.

BTW, nice victim blaming for things like the Highland Clearances and the practice of Prima Nocta. Stupid looks great on you.
FuseBlues - 2/2/2016, 1:06 AM
Bobby2889 - No - the Irish are not British. Ireland is a nation. Nothern Ireland is part of the UK, but not Britain.
LEVITIKUZ - 1/30/2016, 8:18 AM
Please Disney, do an Obi-Wan film. Watch Kurosawa's Yojimbo, then base an Obi-Wan film on that. Have all new characters. We don't need Darth Maul. That arc is ended in Clone Wars.
newmutantsRETURNS - 1/30/2016, 8:19 AM
@LEVITIKUZ - Would be great to adapt that Obi/Anakin story that is ongoing in the books right now.
LEVITIKUZ - 1/30/2016, 8:28 AM
@newmutantsRETURNS - No. No more films of Star Wars with kids in them. Kids in movies suck 90% of the time. In the OT there was no kids. In Phantom Menace there was a kid who had kid friends that sucked. In AOTC there was more kids that talked. In ROTS one kid talked and then he and all the kids died. Star Wars films are better when there are lack of kids or they die.

But I am loving Soule's Obi/Anakin story 👍
TheBigLebowski - 1/30/2016, 8:56 AM
@LEVITIKUZ - Holy shit, you actually just made me interested in the prospect of having an Obi-Wan spinoff. Pitch that to Kathleen Kennedy. Yojimbo is awesome
zeon00 - 1/30/2016, 12:03 PM
@LEVITIKUZ - obi wan film before episode 1
monkeyballs - 1/30/2016, 4:40 PM
@LEVITIKUZ - "Star Wars films are better when there are lack of kids or they die."

Correction. Star Wars is better when George Lucas has minimal involvement. See Empire Strikes Back for confirmation. Also, that movie had no kids.
LEVITIKUZ - 1/30/2016, 6:13 PM
@monkeyballs - I half agree. Star Was is better when there's no Lucas or you have producers and people involved with Lucas pushing him creatively. No [frick]ing yes men shit producers like Rick Berman. I loved his reaction to the first screening of Phantom Menace.

newmutantsRETURNS - 1/30/2016, 8:18 AM
By far, he is the best part of the prequels...
cbostont102 - 1/30/2016, 8:20 AM
been a fan since trainspotting
Jollem - 1/30/2016, 8:23 AM
Philvis - 1/30/2016, 8:25 AM
Screw a Han Solo movie...give us an Obi Wan spinoff!
Jollem - 1/30/2016, 8:25 AM
...

InfiniteMonkey - 1/30/2016, 8:25 AM
No need to explain, he wasn't in it so it sucked.

Had to see it twice to see how it sucked.
Jollem - 1/30/2016, 8:27 AM
there's no need for an obi-wan movie. we've seen enough of his life. with the movies and the clone wars cartoons it's pretty much covered
newmutantsRETURNS - 1/30/2016, 8:35 AM
@Jollem - We haven't seen his adventures on Tatooine keeping Luke safe with the exception of that 1 recent SW comic...
Jollem - 1/30/2016, 8:38 AM
@newmutantsRETURNS - see, i think that's about it. his life on tatooine before episode 4 would be the last noteworthy thing in his life we haven't seen yet and now they're covering it in comic form
REPOMAN - 1/30/2016, 8:40 AM


@newmutantsRETURNS -

Sitting around and drinking blue milk on Tatooine is not terribly interesting for an entire big-budget film. An episode or 2 of of TV would be fine.

InfiniteMonkey - 1/30/2016, 8:30 AM
They should bring him back and not waste a good actor.

He can still contribute greatly to the Star Wars narrative especially in the movies.
MexicanSexyman - 1/30/2016, 8:34 AM
They should have given him a solo movie instead of Han Solo and shitty ass Boba Fett.
HubbleFunk - 1/30/2016, 8:35 AM
Give the man a prequel film.. or a flashback of Obi Wan (If Rey turns out to be a granddaughter of Kenobi like some have theorised) .
REPOMAN - 1/30/2016, 8:46 AM

@newmutantsRETURNS -

Branagh can, and has before, nailed the refined tones of Guinness in a very natural way as an old thesp himself - similar to Guinness.

McGregor is more of a Scottish lad and it feels more like a bad impression when trying to achieve the same effect. The Prequels weren't worthy of Branagh, though, so Lucas would've wasted him.

newmutantsRETURNS - 1/30/2016, 8:39 AM
@REPOMAN - its either Ewan or this fellow....everyone else would have been a fail..

REPOMAN - 1/30/2016, 8:35 AM


Not the best casting for a young Obi-Wan/Alec Guinness but he's a likable fellow.


DerekLake - 1/30/2016, 8:41 AM
@REPOMAN - it could have actually worked, had they not done whatever they did with him in Episode 2, and made him even a tad bit closer to the classics personality wise.
Jollem - 1/30/2016, 8:44 AM
not the best casting? says you





REPOMAN - 1/30/2016, 8:48 AM
@Jollem -

Says I...

REPOMAN - 1/30/2016, 8:51 AM
@Jollem -

Ewan is too pretty; Branagh has the old-school character and charm.



Jollem - 1/30/2016, 8:52 AM
i do like kenny b
SoulEaterRising - 1/30/2016, 5:40 PM
@REPOMAN -

I too thought of Kenneth as a young Obi-Wan, but Ewan's since convinced me he was the best choice for it.

Not saying Kenny B couldn't have done it, just that I think in their own way, both would've done a top notch job.
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